What is Medical record and why its important

Medical record documentation is required to record pertinent facts, findings, and observations about an individual’s health history including past and present illnesses, examinations, tests, treatments, and outcomes. The medical record chronologically documents the care of the patient and is an important element contributing to high quality care. The medical record facilitates:

the ability of the physician and other healthcare professionals to evaluate and plan the patient’s immediate treatment, and to monitor his/her healthcare over time;

communication and continuity of care among physicians and other healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s care;

accurate and timely claims review and payment;

appropriate utilization review and quality of care evaluations; and collection of data that may be useful for research and education.

An appropriately documented medical record can reduce many of the “hassles” associated with claims processing and may serve as a legal document to verify the care provided, if necessary.


Because payers have a contractual obligation to enrollees, they may require reasonable documentation that services are consistent with the insurance coverage provided. They may request information to validate:

the site of service;

the medical necessity and appropriateness of the diagnostic and/or therapeutic services provided; and/or

 that services provided have been accurately reported.

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